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Stats that matter: Round 19

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Sam Jacobs of the Crows in a centre bounce clash with Brodie Grundy of the Magpies during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at the Adelaide Oval on July 16, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Sam Jacobs of the Crows in a centre bounce clash with Brodie Grundy of the Magpies during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at the Adelaide Oval on July 16, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Adelaide and Collingwood have met 40 times. The Magpies hold the advantage 25 – 15.

The Crows have gone a way towards improving the ledger recently, having won the past four matches between the teams.

This weekend, ruckman Sam Jacobs will play his 150th club game. Jacobs also played 16 AFL games with Carlton before returning to South Australia at the end of 2010.

Wingman Rory Atkins is set to play his 50th game.

The Magpies are 13th on the AFL ladder, but have won their past two games including a spirited come-from-behind victory over finals aspirants West Coast last weekend.

Sunday’s match will be Adelaide’s third at the MCG this season. The Crows are 2 – 0 at the ‘G’ in 2017.

Pies Taylor Adams (11th) and Adam Treloar (13th) are both ranked top-15 in the AFL for total disposals. Crow Matt Crouch is second overall with 542 touches this season.

Retiring champion Scott Thompson has had more 30-disposal games (73) than any other Crow in history. Matt Crouch already has 19 from his 64 games – ranked 12th all-time at the Club.

Crows captain Taylor Walker leads the League for scoreboard impact according to Champion Data. Walker has kicked 42 goals and assisted in 24 others.

Walker only needs seven more goal assists to break the record for most in a season by a Crow. Fellow forward Tom Lynch holds the Club record for goal assists in a single season with 30.

Influential Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe ranks equal-first in the League for intercept marks (54).

The high-flying Howe has taken 136 marks in total – ranked second in the League. This includes 36 contested marks – ranked fifth overall.

Howe is also 11th for rebound 50ms with 70. Crows backman Rory Laird is fourth (93).

On Sunday, Adelaide will be without Eddie Betts for the first time since he joined the Club ahead of Season 2014. Betts played his 100th consecutive game last Friday.

Crows full-back Daniel Talia has effected more spoils (154) than any other player in the competition.

Talia equalled his own Club record of 17 ‘one-percenters’ in Adelaide’s win over Geelong last week.

The All Australian has won more defensive one-on-one contests (34) than any other player so far this season.

Pie Brodie Grundy has won more disposals (308) than any other ruckman. Crow Sam Jacobs is third with 252 disposals. Grundy is also the second-best clearance winner (70) of all ruckmen this season.

The Magpies are a high-possession team, averaging 404.5 per game – ranked No.2.

They lead the League for uncontested possessions (261) and uncontested marks (92.8).

The Pies have no trouble getting the ball forward, ranked fourth for inside 50ms (56.5 per game) but only score from 44.8 per cent of those entries – ranked 15th.

Collingwood is also good at limiting its opposition’s forward 50m entries, conceding the second-fewest of any team (49.1).

However, when the Pies’ opponents go inside 50m they kick a goal 27.3 per cent of the time. Only the bottom-placed Brisbane Lions concede more goals per inside 50m against.

Forwards Alex Fasolo and Jamie Elliott have each kicked 28 goals to lead Collingwood’s goalkicking.

The dangerous Elliott has kicked three or more goals in eight of his 12 games this season.